Once the world’s fourth largest lake, the rapidly shrinking Aral Sea has fragmented into four bodies of water: the Northern Aral Sea, the eastern and western basins of the Southern Aral Sea, and Tsche-Bas Gulf. Of these, the eastern basin of the Southern Aral Sea and Tsche-Bas Gulf show the most dramatic change in 2011.
… Water levels in this image are lower than any previous year except 2009.
— NASA Earth Observatory, 11 September 2011. See more changes in land, oceans, atmosphere, and Sun in NASA EO’s World of Change feature series.